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  1. It's definitely the first job I've had that I enjoy the most. It's a Eurocopter AS350 BA that we're flying in. I'm still new to learning about helicopters and different models but I think it's pretty standard for a typical news chopper, I definitely could be wrong.
  2. Thanks for the helpful hints guys! I went back to train again today and was sitting up front with the pilot. I had to act as co-pilot and received GPS coordinates for our news scenes from the source and input them into the pilot's GPS and my own GPS (standard car garmin). I also communicated with the engineering to deploy the video via the microwave antenna. I was out for several calls today and felt wonderful! I skipped the Dramamine and did take a ginger supplement for what it's worth. I definitely find sitting up front helps immensely. I'm really getting the hang of all the controls (vid
  3. Nope. Just the times mentioned in the past. So maybe a handful of times in total so far.
  4. Here is an update everyone. It's been about 4 or 5 months since I've first investigated this job. The local news company had the camera upgraded from a Flir to a Cineflex HD cam. I'm being trained now (this week) and am experiencing these feelings all over again. So, yesterday I was up in the air for about a total of 3.5/4 hours almost straight. I learned how to re-fuel the beast, how to work the camera, and communicate with the news desk to transmit the video signal to the news station via the microwave. I did get sick once yesterday at the very end, we were maybe 30 seconds from the airport.
  5. These are all really helpful tips, thank you! I'm hoping that this is something my body will naturally adjust to after repeated exposure. I will be going back for some more camera training on the ground next week. I was originally supposed to train on the ground only...but as I arrived a news story came in that they had to cover so I went up with them on a whim. The pilot and the current camera operator did their normal routine (they were both sitting up front) and I was merely observing the process. I was seated in the back left side (behind the camera operator) watching everything, trying to
  6. Hey Everyone, First time poster here with some general questions...first I should give you some background about myself and why I'm posting here. Just recently, I've gone looking for another job. I'm a college student studying film & video. I stumbled upon an awesome job which I'm currently being trained for. As you may have guessed, it's relating to helicopters. My job is riding along in a local news helicopter in PA, acting as the camera operator for the news station. Today was my first flight off the ground where I got some actual training filming things on the ground. I don't g
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